North Carolina Best Colleges Comparison

View the North Carolina Best Colleges Comparison and compare the schools with key academic characteristics such as tuition and test scores to get right decision.
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Colleges In North Carolina Statistics

There are 201 colleges in North Carolina - 77 public and 124 private schools. The 2020 average undergraduate tuition & fees of the schools is $17,108 and the average graduate tuition & fees is $16,885. The average SAT scores of enrolled students is 1,083 and the average acceptance rate is 68% for North Carolina Best Colleges Comparison.
Next table shows the key academic facts for all colleges in North Carolina. You may want to check more statistics and compare all North Carolina colleges at North Carolina Statistics page.
2019-2020 Colleges In North Carolina Statistics
Top 20 colleges in North CarolinaAll colleges in North Carolina
Number of Schools20 schools
(11 public, 9 private)
201 schools
(77 public, 124 private)
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees$7,221 (in-state)
$32,097 (out-of-state)
$3,540 (in-state)
$17,108 (out-of-state)
Graduate Tuition & Fees$8,503 (in-state)
$23,879 (out-of-state)
$8,195 (in-state)
$16,885 (out-of-state)
Average Financial Aid$17,457$9,072
Test Scores1,203 SAT, 25 ACT 1,083 SAT, 22 ACT
Acceptance Rate64.85% 67.73%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)25.50% 29.66%
Population260,454568,740
Undergraduate198,788490,043
Graduate61,66678,697
Graduation Rate69.10%48.78%
Transfer-out Rate23.00%20.49%
Students to Faculty Ratio13.90 to 113.36 to 1

Top Colleges In North Carolina Comparison

Next table lists the top 20 colleges in North Carolina for academic year 2019-2020. Duke University ranked top in the North Carolina Best Colleges Comparison and Davidson College and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill follows it. The 2020 average tuition & fees is $32,097 for undergraduate programs $23,879 for graduate programs. The average SAT score of the top colleges in North Carolina is 1,203 and the acceptance rate is 64.85%. The average students to faculty ratio is 13.90 to 1 for top colleges in North Carolina. You can sort the schools by clicking column name that you want to sort.
2019-2020 Top colleges in North Carolina Comparison
Rank*NameTuition & FeesAverage Financial AidPopulationAcceptance RateTest ScoresStudents to Faculty Ratio
1 Duke University
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Private, 4 yearsDurham, NC
$60,244 $48,351 16,1726% 1,513 SAT
34 ACT
6 to 1
2 Davidson College
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Private, 4 yearsDavidson, NC
$55,200 $42,045 1,98318% 1,380 SAT
32 ACT
9 to 1
3 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Public, 4 yearsChapel Hill, NC
$36,891
($9,028)
$15,936 30,09220% 1,260 SAT
25 ACT
13 to 1
4 North Carolina State University at Raleigh
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Public, 4 yearsRaleigh, NC
$29,916
($9,131)
$10,175 36,04247% 1,355 SAT
30 ACT
14 to 1
5 Wake Forest University
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Private, 4 yearsWinston-Salem, NC
$59,770 $37,880 8,78925% - 11 to 1
6 Elon University
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Private, 4 yearsElon, NC
$38,725 $14,980 7,11778% 1,230 SAT
28 ACT
13 to 1
7 Salem College
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Private, 4 yearsWinston-Salem, NC
$30,766 $21,320 63690% 1,127 SAT
19 ACT
15 to 1
8 Meredith College
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Private, 4 yearsRaleigh, NC
$41,224 $25,330 1,80270% 1,186 SAT
26 ACT
11 to 1
9 University of North Carolina Wilmington
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Public, 4 yearsWilmington, NC
$21,303
($7,238)
$6,744 17,91568% 1,270 SAT
26 ACT
17 to 1
10 Appalachian State University
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Public, 4 yearsBoone, NC
$23,017
($7,410)
$8,130 20,02385% 1,215 SAT
27 ACT
16 to 1
11 University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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Public, 4 yearsCharlotte, NC
$20,622
($7,188)
$7,347 30,14679% 1,220 SAT
24 ACT
20 to 1
12 University of North Carolina at Greensboro
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Public, 4 yearsGreensboro, NC
$22,627
($7,468)
$8,451 19,76491% 1,178 SAT
24 ACT
16 to 1
13 Queens University of Charlotte
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Private, 4 yearsCharlotte, NC
$38,726 $21,940 2,33869% 1,149 SAT
24 ACT
10 to 1
14 Western Carolina University
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Public, 4 yearsCullowhee, NC
$8,367
($4,367)
$5,641 12,24379% 1,145 SAT
22 ACT
17 to 1
15 Gardner-Webb University
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Private, 4 yearsBoiling Springs, NC
$32,200 $20,269 3,53679% 1,088 SAT
21 ACT
13 to 1
16 University of North Carolina at Asheville
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Public, 4 yearsAsheville, NC
$24,667
($7,319)
$7,327 3,36382% 1,230 SAT
26 ACT
13 to 1
17 North Carolina A & T State University
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Public, 4 yearsGreensboro, NC
$20,243
($6,733)
$8,760 12,75357% 1,080 SAT
19 ACT
19 to 1
18 East Carolina University
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Public, 4 yearsGreenville, NC
$23,574
($7,297)
$7,722 28,79894% 1,095 SAT
22 ACT
19 to 1
19 Winston-Salem State University
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Public, 4 yearsWinston-Salem, NC
$16,903
($6,247)
$8,138 5,16981% 960 SAT
17 ACT
16 to 1
20 Methodist University
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Private, 4 yearsFayetteville, NC
$36,960 $22,645 1,77379% 1,170 SAT
24 ACT
10 to 1
Average$32,097
($7,221)
$17,457 260,45464.85% 1,203 SAT
24.7368 ACT
13.90 to 1
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All data used in our site is from IPEDS (The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), U.S. Department of Education, academic year 2019-2020